Transportation Technologies for Sustainable Communities


Lee Munnich, Frank Douma

April 2002

Report no. MnDOT 2002-26

This collection of studies addresses legal and institutional issues around applying telecommunication, wireless, and GPS technologies to transportation, with a focus on the development of sustainable communities. Telecommunications and Travel Behavior How Was Your Trip? Exploring the Relationship between Telecommunications and Travel Time Use Diaries help to capture the complex interrelationships of work, travel, telecommuting, and community. Implications of E-Commerce for the Surface Transportation Network The trend is toward smaller, more frequent shipments. The industry must find ways to become efficient and support the digital economy. Investigation of GPS and Wireless Technology Utilizing Transportation Technology to Support Strategic Management Initiatives. Discusses obstacles to adoption of GPS and wireless technologies and makes recommendations for successful implementation of these safety-enhancing technologies. Regulation of Safety and Privacy Issues in Wireless Communication Applications for Transportation Collecting personal data through cell phones has pros (safety) and cons (lack of privacy). These authors conclude that, at present, private regulation is best. GPS, Wireless, and Transportation: The Promise of GPS in Services-on-Demand Public Transportation Systems GPS technology can enhance flexible, demand-responsive transportation services, yet communication with customers and economies of scale present challenges for small providers. The most promising development is in areas not served by fixed-route systems. Monetized Benefits of a Zero-Death Scenario Authors estimate a monetary value for human lives and zero-death programs. Description of the Mobile GPS Devices Four GPS devices designed for pedestrians and bicyclists: Casio Pathfinder GPS Wristwatch, GARMIN GPSIII+, eTREX, and GARMIN's NavTalk. Sustainable Best Practices Transportation Demand Management for Inter-Regional Corridors Description and recommendations for applying Transit Oriented Development (TOD) principles (or Ahwahnee Principles) to Minnesota's Inter-Regional Corridor

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